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Studying the Book of Isaiah - Some of the Precious Lessons that I have Learned

Updated on January 5, 2012

Isaiah is one of the the books in the Bible that I have never been really drawn to read. It contains a lot of facts, stories, prophecies and promises that I could never really understand; books like James, Proverbs are easier to read, understand and apply to my life.

One of the best things about 2011 was getting the chance to study the book of Isaiah in greater depth, and it was a true privilege and blessing to learn more about the character and heart of God while reading the book of Isaiah.

If you are studying the book of Isaiah, there are many historical portions, and prophecies that are not always easy to decipher. However, it is always helpful to know that while reading the book of Isaiah, we should focus on the principles behind these prophecies - which is where we learn more about who God is.


Sin and God’s Holiness

One of the themes that run through the book of Isaiah is God’s holiness and His righteousness. The first half of Isaiah is full of God’s condemnation of sin. We see how the people’s sin and rebellion and disobedience angered God, and God had to punish their sin. In fact while studying this part of Isaiah, I was struck by how much God hated sin, and it really motivated me to desire to to lead a life that would be pleasing to God, lest I face His wrath.

God’s Grace and Love

Another big theme is God’s grace. Whenever we read about God’s wrath and punishment of sin, we always read about God’s grace. Indeed, grace is unmerited favor, which is showing someone favor although he does not deserve it. When I read Isaiah, it was so evident that God had to punish sin, but he was also full of grace for His people, and would tell them to turn back to worship Him and be His people once again.

In fact, in the latter part of Isaiah, God’ grace and love is most evident when He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ to redeem His people from their sin. A large portion of Isaiah (the later chapters) actually contains prophecies about Jesus coming to earth to save mankind from the penalty of death. This is a demonstration of God’s love for His people who do not deserve such love.

God’s Sovereignty

One of the comforting themes of this book of Isaiah was God’ sovereignty. I really loved how each action, big and small was within God’s control. Today when I look at the events of the world and wonder why such terrible things are happening, I am reminded in Isaiah that all these things that are happening are within the knowledge of God. Also, all these things must happen, such that God’s word will be fulfilled. Furthermore, these things will all happen, and God’s glory will still be shown to all in the end.

Isaiah is full of how God raised the nations to discipline Israel, and full of tiny details about the warfare that takes place. I find it so comforting that such a great God would care about the tiny details in our lives - not just in the past, but in the present and in the future to come.

God’s Promise

One of the really cool parts of Isaiah was reading about God’s promise to us. This is the promise that God gave to the Israelites than - about a promised Messiah. Also, Isaiah paints a glories picture about the end times. It really makes me look forward to what will happen in the future when Jesus comes again to rule the earth. Also, it gives me comfort that God is in control and has a special plan for all those that He loves.

Isaiah is really one special book that I have had the privilege to study. It has given me a better understanding of history, the present and even the future. If you have never read Isaiah before, I encourage you too - the first half might feel a little depressing with all the death and conflict, but if you read carefully, the message of God’s grace and love shines through even brighter. The second half of Isaiah is just absolutely glorious, and there is just so much to look forward to in the future.


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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Dear Elijah7,

      Thank you for your detailed comment, and for sharing your knowledge! God bless!

    • Elijah7 profile image

      Elijah7 6 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

      Bless you sister - Isaiah Reveals The Lamb Slain, The Virgin Birth, The Character of JESUS during His interrogation by the Sanhedrin, Such Gorgeous Revelation - Amen

      For ALL people that DENY The Truth of Holy Scripture, READ Isaiah Chapter 53 HERE (GUESS WHO THIS IS, some 745 years BEFORE The Historical Event) :

      And here :

      Right Click The Web Link & Open In New Tab or Window

      Finally, radmasters, in answer to your comments / questions above: PLEASE NOTE VERY CAREFULLY :

      † Isaiah 40 : 22 †

      "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:"

      † Revelation 5 : 11 †

      "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;"

      So radmasters - One third were BOOTED out of Heaven down HERE.

      So - minimum total of Created Eternal Angels BEFORE THE WAR IN HEAVEN, IS :

      150 million PLUS millions more.

      At least 50 million PLUS millions more WILL NOT LIVE IN HEAVEN EVER nor Travel Around the Universe - THEY WILL BURN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE at The End of This Age...

      They are Called DEVILS, and "We" Perceive that 'some' have been "chatting with you"...BEWARE ...

      † Genesis 1 : 27 †

      "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

      † Revelation 12 : 7 - 9 †

      "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."


      † Mark 16 : 15 - 16 †

      And he said unto them,

      "Go ye into all the world,and preach the gospel to every creature."

      † "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;" †

      "but he that believeth not shall be damned."

      † Revelation 21 : 8 †

      "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."


      Right Click The Web Link & Open In New Tab or Window

      Love, Hope & Truth...

      Elijah †

      Here's a nice Song to go with THIS ENTIRE THEME - Amen

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey ib radmasters,

      thank you for coming by to read my hub, and share your thoughts. I do appreciate it, even though you might disagree with some of what I have written. I wish you all the very best in the coming new year!

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Thank you bluebird! Yeah, I really really am encouraged and comforted by the message that God is in supreme control. =) I really appreciate your visit and your comment! God bless!

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      bluebird 6 years ago

      Good job - Isaiah is a big book! You summed it up

      wonderfully, yet simply. I always enjoy going back

      to Isaiah from time to time - it always reminds me

      God is in control! And that it is only in love that

      He punishes because He's got so much for His children

      ahead. His ways are far beyond our ways and thoughts

      and it will all come out WONDERFUL BEYOND DESCRIPTION

      in the end for all of us, it really will! Because...and only because God is in control and knows exactly what He is doing and nothing can stop His plans and purpose!!!

    • Charlotte B Plum profile image

      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Thank you so much vocalcoach for coming to visit this hub! =) I am always so encouraged by you and your hubs and your comments. You are such a special person on hubpages, I know I've told you already, but you bring so much joy to others and you inspire hubbers like me. How cool is it that we belong to the same spiritual family! =)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Charlotte - I want to thank you for this hub. The book of Isaiah has so much in it. Gods promise of a Messiah is wonderful.

      Reading the Bible is a daily gift. I know with all my heart that God is our Eternal Father. I also know that Satan was God's son and was cast out from His presence because of his rebellion.

      Our universe is a place for us to grow spiritually, overcome our weaknesses, have joy and learn to love one another. We are here to prepare for the coming of Christ.

      Thank you again for this marvelous work. Much love from vocalcoach! Voted up and more.

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      ib radmasters 6 years ago from Southern California

      Might I suggest that you studying the news everyday. It has more up to date information on the results from creation.

      This is not a world created by good. Evil has prevailed since the beginning of history and it never lost a beat.

      The universe itself is a waste, certainly to us.

      The bible(s) are vague and ambiguous and provide no real information.

      Genesis for example has no information on the Earth revolving around the Sun. This knowledge eluded the Catholic Church until Copernicus told them the facts. They had him killed for his truth.

      How many Angels are there? The Bible has no answer.

      If Satan was an Angel and he battles God.

      God could also be an Angel.

      But we don't know anything about Angels or God.

      There are no female deities in the Bible.

      Yet, the Bible says that God made us in his likeness?

      Billions of people have died waiting for the predictions in the Bible. The main prediction is that humanity has failed, and only a few will survive.

      Even humans have been success with their creations than those of God.

      Happy New Year


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